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Good Morning

by 7/11/2005 8:14 AM
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We start the trading week with stock futures pointing to a slightly higher open. With just under an hour and a half until the opening bell, the S&Ps currently sit two and a half points above fair value. Gold is up two points to 425.80. Oil is down 1.08 to 58.55.

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Have a Nice Weekend

by 7/8/2005 5:03 PM
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Here's the overall picture for today...

Oil and gold related groups, along with bonds, were weak while the rest of the groups showed strong gains...

Last week I said that I would like to start going over the material in the Advanced Home Study Program project starting July 11. However, I heard from a few of our overseas friends who are still waiting to receive the study courses so I am going to wait one more week in the hopes that they arrive...


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Final Figures

by 7/8/2005 4:28 PM
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As we just saw with the intraday chart of the SPX, the indices closed near their highs. Here are the returns...

Index Index Value Point Change Percent Change
S&P 500 (SPX) 1212.3 14.4 points 1.21 percent
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) 10459.0 157 points 1.5 percent
Nasdaq Composite (COMP) 2113.3 37.6 points 1.81 percent
Russell 2000 (RUT) 662.4 13.1 points 2.02 percent
CBOE Market Volatility Index (VXO) 10.69 -1.23 points -10.3 percent

Small-caps led the way but even the "laggard" still showed a respectable gain of more than one percent...


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At the Close

by 7/8/2005 4:17 PM
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The bulls managed to keep a bid under stocks right into the close...

Chart Courtesy of Thomson/ILX


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Readers Respond - HGX?

by 7/8/2005 3:56 PM
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A reader says - "I can't find a list of the components of the HGX on your web-site. I've looked at Schaeffer's Gold and the ETF Center. Could you direct me and/or at least provide a list? Thank you much, JF"

My response - Here is a list of the stocks and their weighting in the PHLX Housing Sector index...

  • American Standard Companies (ASD) = 4%
  • Beazer Homes USA, Inc. (BZH) = 4%
  • Champion Enterprises, Inc. (CHB) = 2%
  • Centex Corp. (CTX) = 5%
  • DR Horton, Inc. (DHI) = 6%
  • Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (HOV) = 9%
  • KB Home (KBH) = 5%
  • Lennar Corp. (LEN) = 5%
  • Masco Corp. (MAS) = 7%
  • MDC Holdings, Inc. (MDC) = 4%
  • OfficeMax, Inc. (OMX) = 3%
  • Pulte Homes (PHM) = 6%
  • PMI Group, Inc. (PMI) = 3%
  • Radian Group, Inc. (RDN) = 2%
  • Ryland Group, Inc. (RYL) = 4%
  • Standard Pacific Corp. (SPF) = 5%
  • Temple Inland, Inc. (TIN) = 4%
  • Toll Brothers, Inc. (TOL) = 8%
  • USG Corp. (USG) = 3%
  • Vulcan Materials Company (VMC) = 3%
  • Weyerhaeuser Company (WY) = 8%

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